Saturday, 29 October 2016

Autumn Colours

The last few weeks have brought the cold winds and along with them came the dark early nights..... Autumn has arrived and has cast her spell across our gardens sending them in to a deep sleep,there are still the odd posy of flowers or two to be picked but a cold snap forecast for mid week will finally turn out the lights until spring arrives.


All is cosy and warm inside our little cottage by the sea,the coal shed is full to the top with coal and logs,the Christmas cake ingredients are waiting in the kitchen to be baked into cakes that will be soaked with sherry week by week leading up to Christmas....


We have been out today clearing the gardens and hoeing the borders and sweeping up the leaves,making everything tidy while it's not too cold outside....


Out in the hedgerows rose hips shine deep red and glossy like tiny baubles shining against the cool blue skies...a lovely time for walking and taking in Gods beauty...


Outside our windows the blackbirds feast on the glut of berries and reward us with a pretty song,i am filling the bird table daily now with mix seed and have many feathered friends visiting,robins,wood pigeons,sparrows,bluetits,wrens to name a few...They are fattening up nicely ready to keep them from the cold...


I have been lighting candles around our cottage at dusk now the dark nights are here and tonight all the clocks will be turned back an hour as we burrow deeper toward winter...


The fire has been flickering and cracking as it glows into the early hours....


In a few days little ones will be trick or treating and soon it will be bonfire night,i do love fireworks but shall have to watch from the window as Beatrix is scared of the loud bangs...



I hope you are enjoying the season and all it's rich colours and that you are having a lovely weekend what ever you may be up to..

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage...

XxX

33 comments:

  1. Such lovely photos and thoughts about fall! I loved seeing your cottage teapot as I have the same one and love it! Love your birds too!

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  2. Thank you Bernideen, I love our little teapots too and have a matching butter dish,the colours in them are so lovely for the fall season,wishing you a lovely weekend x

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  3. I too have my coal & logs all ready and have had a few fires up and running here in South Ayrshire Scotland, you have reminded me to tidy the garden for its rest time. My bread making, soup making roasting and baking days will be up and running soon. Your garden, home and lovely words are always an inspiration. Mary

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  4. How I love your pretty posts,I have fire envy!!I shall have to be content with a bonfire next weekend!I made my Christmas cake last night,exciting time of year!

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    1. Thank you Georgina, it's so lovely to have the fire lit now the nights are chilly, oh we are having a little bonfire too I can't wait to be out in under the night sky,have a wonderful week xx

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    1. Thank you Magali wishing you a lovely week xx

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  6. As always, your little house looks so warm, welcoming and pretty. Your posts are inspiring to me.

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    1. Thank you Down Raspberry Lane so kind of you to say,wishing you a lovely week ahead xx

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  7. Gorgeous flowers. I wish the weather would cool down here. It was 88 degrees today. It's so hot. I love your teapot. Precious.

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    1. Thank you Katie, it has really turned cold here on the cliff top this last few days,hot water bottles will be needed tonight. I hope it has cooled a little for you,enjoy your week xx

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  8. You're cottage looks lovely. This is my favourite time of year but here in Oz I will have to wait another 5 months or so.

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    1. Thank you Pieta, oh but you have all my cottage favourites in bloom now I think? it is lovely to be lighting the fire and candles and making all cosy,enjoy the rest of your week xxx

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  9. Can you tell me what breed of dog little Beatrix is and maybe a wee bit about her needs as my daughter Viki is thinking of getting a companion dog to love and care for but her condition means she can;t go on long walks and wee Beatrix is just so lovely and looks loving also. I always love your updates. Mary

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    1. Hello Mary, yes of course Beatrix is a Bichon Frise which means curly lap dog which just about describes her perfectly,they have lovely natures and are very loving,Beatrix is like my shadow and best friend really,she is not one for walks and will cry to be carried if she thinks it's too far but does like a crazy run round the house or garden now and again,it's called a Bichon Buzz where they go round and round in a circle and then collapse,it's a lot of fun,type bichon buzz into youtube and you will see....they only thing I would say is Beatrix needs to be brushed regular to stop her fur matting and I keep her hair cut short in a 'puppy cut' which she has done about every two months. I hope that helps Mary,thank you I am going to try to post more regular I have taken so many pictures this year with every intention of posting, have a wonderful week xxx

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    1. Thank you Summer,have a wonderful week xxx

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  11. Your cottage is very warm and cozy inside, i love the romantic atmosphere in your fall home.
    HUgs Alessandra

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    1. Thank you so much Alessandra,wishing you a lovely week ahead xxx

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  12. I, also, have the cottage teapot. It reminds me of my great-grandparents....a real treasure, made in England. What is it about english cottages that makes our hearts so happy?
    Thanks for sharing autumn in the Olde Country. It's especially pleasing, as we are in drought in my part of the US. Only 6/10 inch of rain in the month of October in the North Carolina mountain area where I live.
    Wishing you a lovely November in a tight and warm house with the things you love around you.

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    1. I love cottages MJ and yes they do make us happy don't they? I think it stems back to all the old fairytales,snow white and sleeping beauty,hanzel and Gretel and films and stories of long ago where lace always hung in the windows along with a lamp and inside a cosy fire and always something lovely to eat in the oven or on the table...thank you for your lovely wishes,i wish you just the same and hope it rains for you soon,have a lovely week xxx

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  13. I thought I left a comment but likey didn't hit publish, anyway as always your pages are such a joy to read and your photos are a pleasure too. I always love everything about your home. I'm looking forward to your next report. Mary.
    P.S Can you tell me what kind of dog lovely Beatrix is. M xx

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    1. Thank you Mary, Beatrix is a Bichon Frise,ah thank you for your kind words I am hoping to blog more often,i have so many pictures taken of all the things we have done on the cottage this year and need to write them all down. wishing you a lovely week xxx

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  14. πŸŒ°πŸπŸ‚What a lovely comforting read and gorgeous pics too, has reminded me I need to by more bird feed, poor things only have mix, not much of a variety for them is it?!πŸπŸŒ°πŸ‚

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    1. Thank you Louise, I used to buy just an ordinary bag of mixed seed but now I order what our little pet shop call 'deluxe mix' it's not much dearer and has so many more seeds and fruits in which brings a lot more birds to our table which I love,i also buy sunflower seeds asa a little extra as the blackbirds really enjoy them,have a lovely weekend xx

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  15. Wow that candle under the flowers is a bit risque.

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    1. Just on the picture Mr Pickles,a lot of distance between both in real life,have a good weekend.

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  16. Love the coziness of your cottage. It's so inviting. I love Fall! I live on the Oregon coast and the weather changes often many times withing the day. Thank you for sharing your sweet cottage. Xo Www.marciascottagebythesea.com

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    1. Thank you Marcia, our weather is the same here on the Yorkshire coast,wishing you a wonderful weekend x

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  17. I looked on Pinterest for bedroom inspiration and found your bedroom, which lead me to your blog. I went back to the beginning and have had a lovely week reading all your posts!! So beautiful and inspiring, a wonderful escape. I liked your quote from Practical Magic, which is one of my favourite films for the lovely town, the houses and Sally's shop (and the story!) I would love to take the train journey you took. And you've even inspired me to get out in the garden in November!! I hope you continue to post now I have found you. Thank you xx

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    1. Hello Jan,thank you for your kind words,oh I love Practical Magic for the very same reasons as you,the rosemary I planted by our gate is now a small hedge and is lovely to pop in with roast potatoes. the train journey is a slice of heaven it always has a lovely atmosphere with carriages of people smiling on a day out,i was on the train again early September this year it was wonderful and is becoming a yearly tradition,happy gardening and I have just posted a new blog post! wishing you a lovely weekend xx

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  18. The cottage looks so warm and cozy. The glow of the fire certainly takes the chill away. Here it is unseasonably warm. No frost. No snow. No rain. In fact no measurable moisture since the end of July. I always enjoy seeing your English cottage. I leave feeing very good.

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    1. Thank you Ann,oh yor weather has been kind we have had snow here the last few days and cold,cold nights,the fire is burning and keeping us cosy,thank you for stopping by and have a lovely weekend xxx

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